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mortgages and potentially other assets until we see unemployment improve in the united states, is that a good decision on his part? >> it's not my habit to comment on decisions of the sister institutions. i would only say that it demonstrates, also, that when you look at the advanced economy through the grade of the central banking, you see that we are all engaged in nonstandard measures. >> how worried are you about the fiscal cliff in the united states is this. >> i think it is part of course of the major issue that in the advanced world you have to cope with. >> but if it happens, does it bring on another recession in the united states? >> i'm sure that the u.s. leadership, whatever you have in the president discussion of course between the two major sensitivities, but a sense of the saw peer kror interests of the country will prevail. i'm absolutely confident in that. i don't trust that it is possible that the sense of the superior interests of the united states of america and by way of consequence of the entire of course advanced economy and by way of consequence the enti
quickly and when. >> the united states has not had a current the account surplus since 1991. if we were on the gold standard, we just might not have anymore gold left. >> didn't we pass that so long ago? >> the dollar is not a weak currency. the dollar probably needs to be weaker in order to be more competitive, but you can't say that about every currency in the world. certainly in japan the currency has gotten too strong and you now they have the additional problems because of all of the riots going on, the conflict in china over these islands. and that's going to hurt japan again. so japan needs more than just a currency fix. the united states i think you can argue the currency is overvalued in a more fundamental way, but japan has lots of problems. >> do you play currencies? good >> only through companies listed in the u.s. we're not hedging. >> not hedges because -- >> because if we knew where currencies have gone, you'd be the smartest person around. the euro goes to 1.30 -- so it's hard. you have to get fundamentals right and then currency will take care of it. >> what's the diffe
of a significant downturn in the united states economy. >> so if you have a downturn, there's a possibility that you don't have that right mix and that you could have a downturn. the odds of that are comparatively low but i worry about it because it's significant possibility. i described it as though, imagine you're on an airplane that's flying from here to los angeles, you're probably going to get there okay but if you hit an air pocket and meaning if the economy goes down, there's not an easy way to reverse it. monetary policy is less effective because when you buy a bond, when the federal reserve makes a purchase, that has the effect of giving money to somebody who won't put that money into something like that bond. and that money does not easily go to people who spend it, that's a balance between monetary and fiscal policy and i worry about the policymakers getting that balance right. that's a possibility and a scary possibility. other than that, i think the most likely situation is we will fly successfully from here to los angeles essentially but we have longer risks. you need a balanc
a stake in and it's tesla here in the united states. they're coming out and saying that they're developing plans, they'll have to slow things down, not going as quickly as originally thought. any concerns about the demand in the future for the electric car given your investment in tesla? >> i think the oem is never in a hype mode as some of the media was as far as electric cars are concerned. this transition will happen. it's a long transition. we're very very beginning. we'll see customers, but of course so far it's a niche and will take time to develop. we will continue to pioneer this market and in 10 or 20 year, electric cars will play a significant role. >> doctor, thank you for joining us live from the paris auto show. joe, becky, andrew, it does not lk like there's a bottom. we're hearing from ceos and they are not seeing a bottom yet. are you looking out at 2015, 2016 before the auto industry can say, okay, at least we see a base here. >> bad news add to go a pile of bad news we've heard recently. phil, thank you very much. and we do want to have you back here soon to talk to us mo
's take a look at the broader picture. again, the futures here in the united states look a little better after what was a pretty lousy day yesterday. i think it was the worst day for dow in the entire month of december. it was the worst day for the nasdaq in two months and it was the worst day for the s&p in throe months. oil prices continued to push lower and they do once again this morning. they're down another 64 cents to $90 and change. that's been the one bright spot that's been helping out things like the transports, but again, yesterday, every single one of these sectors is down. yesterday we saw a dip below 1.7%. let's call up the dollar board right now. you'll see what happened with these. dollar is a little stronger against the euro, but that's not saying a whole lot. 1.2865. we're also taking a look at the yen. never mind, i lost it there. gold prices are barely budging, 17.66. >> plasser said something yesterday -- >> he said it's not going to help. >> he said he didn't agree with it, it's not going to help and it's going to be hard to get out. >> right. raise the risks. >> j
by examining 113 indicators from official data sources and polling 15,000 executives. united states continued a four-year slide to the seventh spot. separately, a judge ruling amr can abandon its pilot's union contract. saying the bankrupt parent of american airlines corrected certain issues that caused him to reject the same request in the past. amr is trying to save more than $1 billion a year in labor costs. it can unilaterally impose work terms on its pilot, all is happening as talks between amr and u.s. air continue. >>> in the meantime, a very complicated story. we've been trying to follow the twists and turns. the fbi now says there is no evidence to support claims that hacking group anonymous infiltrated an fbi agent's laptop and lifted data for more than 12 million apple products. however the front page of "the financial times" lays it out and says hackers embarrass apple with this data release. there were over a million different devices, numbers were published online. this is a story that has many odd twists. the hackers said they would not give any interviews about this breach unt
industry can be to improve the perception of banking, which is at a 40-year low in the united states, and so many people who died were in the financial industry. i knew several and so i think our actions can be driven by the shareholders and if it's not driven by the shareholders, then it will be driven by the regular gla glators and part of the action is encourage the large banks to spin off certain underperforming divisions so the valuation could increase and right now the sum of the parts for many of these banks are far above where these market values exist. >> okay, mike. we appreciate that sentiment and the point. back to jamie dimon for a second and this idea of splitting up the banks. you raised this issue with him. what was his answer? >> he didn't say never, and the debate with jamie dimon got heated last thursday when i met with him, he's ceo of jpmorgan as you know, and he said if the discount is 50% and the businesses are no worse off, then he'd consider it, even jamie dimon would consider a splitup. he said it's extremely unlikely, they have all sorts of synergies and th
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